Il Lago

4.5
146 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Il Lago's motto, "Simply Italian", comes from our simple and honest approach to Italian cuisine and ambiance - always fresh, clean and delicious with generous portions of excellent authentic Italian food made from the finest ingredients. Our setting has an abundance of rustic charm which will speak for itself upon your arrival. Come on in and experience for yourself why many are saying, "This is our new favorite restaurant"...
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food and service below standard. Will not go back.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent late Friday night dinner after a long week of conference calls and meetings! This place never disappoints! The new Crab Cakes were great and my colleague had the Osso Buco... servers were very kind and the BYOB seals the deal! Highly recommend it !!!

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PR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great staff, great food. Valentine’s Day successful, thank you.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines day

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f
Key West
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was adequate but the food was just okay.

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BD
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Il Lago quite a few times, and have never been disappointed. Our waiter tonight, Joe, was excellent; very efficient and attentive, but not overbearing. Food, as usual, was delicious. My companion had the Chicken Francese, I had the Shrimp Fra Diavalo; both were very good.

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MR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday 🥳🎁🍽🥂🎊

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OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food!! Everything there is great!!! We have been there numerous times

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MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly staff, and very accommodating.

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D
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Surely the word is getting out about how good the food is here! So happy this restaurant is succeeding- This was our third visit, and though the bussers were a bit off their game, the food was better than ever!!

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L
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and good size portions. Owner and staff couldn’t be more cordial and attentive.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my wife back to IL LAGO for an early dinner before going out for some drinks with friends. This place never disappoints, service and food alike. I had the Salmon with crab meat and risotto and it was delicious! My wife had the flounder special and thoroughly enjoyed it.. we paid our complements to the chef and had a chance to meet the owner before we left, nice guys! I think it’s safe to say we’ve found our new go to spot ! Highly recommend!!

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My wife and I decided to try Il Lago for our anniversary on a Wednesday night. Sat down at 6:30 to an empty restaurant. Server was quite nice and immediately took our drink orders and informed us of the specials. I was aware of a weeknight "tour of Italy" prix fixe menu prior to coming in but had to inquire to the waitress as it was not mentioned.
We did not opt for the pix fixe menu, instead ordered the burrata salad as a starter, seafood with linguine and flounder with asparagus and risotto for the entrees. The salad was quite good and the entrees were also done well; however, the "risotto", although flavorful (good use of saffron), was either not arborio rice or was overcooked and split.
Overall, a decent meal - price point a bit high. I am definitely curious as to the other menu items and the weekday prix fixe menu as we are locals.

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o
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely surprise! So close to home yet excellent all around. I had the scallops and my husband had the pinwheels. The appetizer meatballs did not disappoint. We will definitely be back!

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c
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

food consistently good here nice waiters, meatball app was outrageous
byob always a good thing will come back again and again

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O
Atlantic City
40 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, dinner was Excellent. Food and service were Great. Have never been disappointed and will continue to visit.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, authentic, creative Italian! Attentive service, an overall great dining experience! We brought out of town "foodie" friends who also were very happy with our restaurant choice Nice to have Il Lago nearby. Like the BYO option as well!

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AR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our cousins recommended I'll Lago's to us. This was our second time here. The owner and staff are very friendly and accommodating. The food is delicious and abundant. We brought 4 of our friends to try it, and they loved it! We will be back and recommend

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MD
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This BYO restaurant offers really fresh Italian meals in a cozy environment. The arancini and eggplant/mozzarella tower special appetizers were both outstanding. The special pork tenderloin pinwheel entre was a real treat. Service staff was fight on point.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third time back at IL Lago! Brought another couple with us for a close friend’s birthday. Everyone loved it! I had the Shrimp Provencal, what a fragrant and delicious sauce! Never had it before, “licked the plate clean”!! The wives had the scallops and were very pleased and the birthday boy had the Veal Parm... he said it was the best he’s ever had... We highly recommend this place... nice servers and a charming dining room as well...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden Gem in Monmouth county. We decided to come to this restaurant on New Year’s Eve with our 2 year old and we got much more than expected. A great byob with excellent food and a very friendly staff! The ambience was on point, it’s our new favorite spot.

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CH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence food and very good service!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Was there once before, this time the food was awful, no flavor. Don't order the shrimp provencal it was like bland water.

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F
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

It was a bit hit or miss with crowd on Xmas eve but they did their best under circumstances.

Food was good.

Rice balls were very good!!

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LR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FOOD AND SERVICE WAS TERRIFIC! WENT ON CHRISTMAS EVE WITH FRIENDS. LOVED IT!

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

If I may be honest I'd like to see the wait staff dressed better. I don't think a hood sweatshirt is appropriate as a server. It just doesn't set a good image. Other than that no complaints. Food was very good and I'd go back.

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e
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best food and service at the shore. rice balls rock!

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O
Atlantic City
41 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been many times and have never been disappointed, great food!

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EL
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

this is the second time we have gone here...the first time we couldnt rave about it enough...this time we were very disappointed... food not the same,,,ordered veal and u could feed 2 easily on the dish..but meat was tough...sauce different than last time.. not as good...bread so crispy it fell apart..this restaurant should hire more help...we felt sorry for the waitress...she did a good job for the amount of orders she was taking..we will go back again...we have gift certificates...if it is like this last time we will not return or recommend to friends

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really delicious- they had a lot of great specials. The service was awesome as well- and I can't forget to mention the delicious dessert!!

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D
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our meal! Love the friendly service! Love the cozy yet chic industrial ambience with brick walls, tin ceilings, interesting lighting, etc. The portions are very generous and the food tastes like the best food you might find in your homes or a trip to Italy! I personally love that the chef is generous with slices of garlic, even in the red tomato sauce- but I am sure this restaurant will accommodate any special preferences. When I asked for olive oil I was served oil mixed with chopped garlic, red pepper, and grated cheese on the side to accompany the warm crusty bread. Yum! This is our new go to spot when we want straightforward excellent Italian food!! Also love that it is BYOB🍷

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JF
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. And plenty of it!! Value was incredible. Would definitely recommend this restaurant. One minor thing was it was cold in restaurant. But it was a very cold and windy evening.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Food, Chef, not to be missed.

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OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite go to restaurant, always excellent food!

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CF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!! Great food, service as always!!

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CF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappointed!! Food and service is always great!!

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O
Atlantic City
41 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was Outstanding and service was very good! Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great food!

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b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, service wonderful! Great local place and BYO!

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MT
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed out first visit to Il Lago. We loved the scallops and the pork osso bucco entrees, which were both specials. The pork was tender and loaded with flavor with the delicious sauce. The desserts were great. Very nice, cozy, casual restaurant.

Will certainly be back!

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MW
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends for dinner. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Food and service excellent. Would definitely return and highly recommend this restaurant.

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